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Making the Connection: An Interview with Student Liaison, Yesenia Yepez

For many years the GW Libraries has selected a student liaison to connect the student body with library administration and provide a necessary student voice in library planning and decision-making. Yesenia Yepez, the 2015-2017 student liaison, is a senior majoring in international affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in sociocultural anthropology. She spoke with us about her role communicating with students and advocating for their needs.

What does it mean to be the student liaison for the GW Libraries?

The library plays a key role for many, if not all, students at GW. From a new freshman to someone finishing up a Ph.D., I try to find ways to make students more involved with the library and also more aware of the Libraries’ many different resources. I want students to know that the Libraries are really here to help.

What do students tell you about the Libraries?

People say to me, “I feel comfortable at Gelman and I can do my work here.” I love to hear that. A lot of people consider the library a second home. Because students spend so much time here, they have real insight into what we do right and what we could do better. There will be times when multiple students make the same suggestion and when I look into it, I’ll find that we already do that or that it is in the planning stages. I love when I can tell people, “It’s coming soon, don’t you worry!”

Why do you think the Libraries are important?

The Libraries always have something to offer. Sometimes you need a place to study or an article for class. Sometimes you need someone to help you figure out a research topic. And sometimes you just need a computer and a place to print at 2 a.m. The library has all of those things!

To provide feedback on the student experience at the GW Libraries, please contact student liaison Yesenia Yepez.

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